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Saturday Headlines & Game Thread: Cards @ Cubs, 12:05 CDT

A man instpecting the remains of the Snowdonian Mountain Railway engine 'Ladas' which derailed and crashed at the bottom of a precipice on the opening day of the service, Llanberis, Wales. One person died in the incident and the railway was closed for a year. Original Publication: Illustrated London News, 18th April 1896. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Has the Quade Express derailed?

After becoming the greatest Cub manager ever, has the team quit on Mike Quade? They've now lost 3 of 4 at home after yesterday's 7-1 loss to the Cardinals.

"We're not an offensive juggernaut to begin with," said Quade, who is 18-10 as manager. "Now you run into good pitching. We're missing a few players and all the rest of it. This ain't the yellow-brick road, I'm telling you right now. This is going to be a tough task these next few days with the clubs we're playing and the pitching. San Diego's going to run stuff at us that's really good. The veterans know, and the kids are going to find out."
Quade's setting us up for a disappointing run to end a disappointing season. In the visitor's clubhouse, the Cardinals still seem to have an alcohol problem. Here's Adam Wainwright after the game:

"My team gave me a beer shower after the game," he said. "The team continues to impress me, continues to make me feel wanted, make me feel at home. There's not a better bunch of guys to share this with.

"It's fun to pitch at Wrigley, always. To beat the Cubs for your 20th win is an extra treat, no doubt."

Bud Selig took time out of his busy schedule doing whatever he does to come to Wrigley and scare Chicago children yesterday. Of course, he got asked about broken bats.

"Two years ago, when this really came about, we retained people in the forestry division at the University of Wisconsin and at Harvard," he said. "They have really helped us. We have cut down on broken bats by about 50 percent. That's a lot of progress in a short period of time. Is it enough? No, we've got the remaining 50 percent to do.

"When you watch something like the Tyler Colvin incident, it's scary. But we're making progress. All of our experts - and we have a lot of experts - think they may have some solutions. So hopefully this off-season, we can really finish solving the problem."

So Bud Selig is in town, and Marlon Byrd fouls a ball off his face. Coincidence?

Byrd, the Cubs' most consistent hitter all season, fouled the ball into the ground. It bounced up and smacked him under his right eye. He finished the at-bat and struck out.

The Cubs said Byrd had a contusion on his right cheekbone. The injury was not considered serious.

Today's game starts at 12:05 Central and features Chris Carpenter (15-8, 3.28) against Casey Coleman (2-2, 5.02). It's on WGN tv and radio.



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Doc said:


Earliest. Game-thread. Ever.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:


Lucky me who gets to work at 7 am on a Saturday.

Rich Beckman said:


Given the Marlin Byrd incident, what is Selig going to do about baseballs? Someone is going to get hurt.

cadarnell said:


wainwright got a beer shower ... haha ... probably some vodka too since larussa was there ...

FrankS said:


I guess that we will wait until tomorrow to discuss Bob Brenly asking to be removed from consideration for the Cubs' manager job while keeping his hat in the ring for just about any other opening available in MLB. Is the problem Hendry or Soriano? Or that he might manage his own son in 2 or 3 years if (big IF) he lasted that long? He wouldn't give an explanation to The Trib so I'm guessing it's something do with Cub management or Cub personnel.

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